Avago Unveils Optical Incremental Encoder for Industrial Automation

Avago Technologies announced a new series of miniature low cost, high performance three-channel housed optical incremental encoders for use in a wide range of office and industrial automation applications. Avago’s AEDx-8xxx encoder series, which includes a codewheel, LED light source and detector IC enclosed in a plastic package has been specifically designed for use in stepper motors, miniature servo motors, packaging machines and a wide range of industrial and factory automation applications. Avago is a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications.

The AEDx-8xxx housed optical encoder is bearing-less and has integrated two-channel quadrature outputs and a third channel index output (A, B, I). The ungated index output is a positive index pulse that is generated once for each full mechanical revolution of the codewheel. The quadrature index and power supplied to the encoder are accessed through an eight-pin male connector on a 1.25 mm pitch. This new miniature housed encoder series is designed for use with motors that have shaft diameters from 2mm (miniature version) up to 5mm (standard option). Moreover, due to the highly collimated light source and the unique photo detector array design, the AEDx-8xxx is extremely tolerant to mounting misalignment.

Avago’s AEDx-8xxx series offers several benefits such as minimal installation cost, ease of assembly, high operating frequency that supports miniature servo motors (up to 24K RPM), and more accurate position control with the use of an index as a reference point. This encoder solution is also compatible with SMT automation equipment and pick and place machines. Moreover, this encoder series can operate in temperatures from -40 to 100 degrees C to meet most industrial temperature requirements. Typical applications include industrial printers and plotters, tape drives, industrial sewing machines, packaging machines and industrial and factory automation equipment.

Features

  • Quick and easy assembly
  • Low cost
  • Three-channel output with un-gated index pulse
  • Up to 500 cycles per revolution (CPR)
  • Small size: 20 mm (OD) by 18 mm (H)
  • Meets minimum size requirements for stepper motors
  • Up to 200 kHz frequency response
  • Operating temperature: -40 to 100-degrees C
  • Integrated RS422 line driver
  • A complete bearing-less IP 40 housed solution
  • Single 5V supply
  • RoHS compliant

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The AEDx-8xxx series of three channel incremental encoders, which will be available on May 30, are priced competitively at $30 each in quantities of 1,000 and are available through Avago Technologies’ direct sales channel and worldwide distribution partners.

About Avago Motion Control Solutions
Avago Technologies is the industry-leading supplier of motion control encoders. These products meet the stringent requirements of precise positioning and velocity sensing in a wide range of applications from printers, copiers and scanners to servo and stepper motors, and robotic arms and wafer-handling machines. Avago offers “one-stop shopping” with its extensive portfolio of optical encoders, decoders and controllers. The company offers the industry’s smallest form factors, widest range of resolutions, and highest level of integration to reduce the number of components needed and shorten time-to-market. Avago’s rich motion control heritage dates back to the 1980s and its Hewlett-Packard roots.

About Avago Technologies
Avago Technologies is a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications. By leveraging its core competencies in III-V compound and silicon semiconductor design and processing, the company produces highly efficient, high-quality products. With a global employee presence, Avago provides an extensive range of analog, mixed-signal and optoelectronic components and subsystems to more than 40,000 customers. Backed by strong customer service support, the company’s products serve four diverse end markets: industrial and automotive, wired infrastructure, wireless communications, and computer peripherals. Avago’s heritage of technical innovation dates back 40 years to its Hewlett-Packard roots.

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